Thoughts from Sidi Bou Said

My Egyptian background has made immersion in North Africa very interesting. It’s given a convenient benchmarking tool for things like cultural traditions and food preferences, or even economic, historical and political profiles, like the role of each country’s respective militaries in the region’s decolonization experiences. Fortunately Egypt’s dialect, understood across the region because of pop…

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An Excursion to Morocco with the French Track

“There is not one Morocco, there are many ‘Moroccos’” – Mr. Medhi Meradji, head of the Chambre Française de Commerce et d’Industrie du Maroc, related to our Lauder French track on the eve of our one-week visit to Morocco in June. Many of us received these words with bewilderment, wondering what exactly this description implied.…

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The Three Immersions

Everyone who knows about Lauder, is in Lauder, or has experienced Lauder holds one unequivocal truth: the overseas summer immersion is a transformational experience in which the individual is transformed by an improved understanding of a country’s and language’s culture. In two words? Immersion rocks. It is however just now that I am realizing that…

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